Swift River, Cummington, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Swift River Overview

Swift River is a treatment facility with a primary aim to provide patients with an adventure, instead of solely focusing on offering a range of therapies and treatments that will ensure the patient can recover from their addictions. The facility offers different types of services and takes an individualized approach to the treatment of addiction disorders, which ensures each of the patients have a better chance at recovery because their specific needs will be met through the various therapies and other services that are provided to them by the staff members at Swift River.
All of the patients that undergo treatment at Swift River will be given the option to participate in a wide range of outdoor activities that promote healing, the development of survival skills, and will ultimately promote improved healing among the patients that undergo treatment.

Swift River Housing

Swift River owns a property that measures 500 acres, and all patients who are determined to fit the criteria for undergoing a residential treatment will be provided access to the housing that is located on the property. All of the buildings that are located on this property features dorm-style housing features that ensure patients can feel safe, while still allowing some level of freedom to ensure they can live relatively independently while they are staying at the facility.
Bedrooms are shared, and up to 18 patients can be treated at a time. All rooms are gender-specific, with some dedicated to male patients and other providing housing for female patients. The facility does not serve too many patients at the same time to ensure each patient can be provided with higher quality care and an individualized approach to recovery.

Swift River Treatment Options

Different types of treatment options are presented to patients who are interested in utilizing the services that are offered by Swift River, ensuring that each patient can be served appropriately based on the specific symptoms they are experiencing and the drugs or other substances that they are addicted to. Treatment options that are available at this company include:

  • Heroin and Opiate Addiction Treatment
  • Wilderness Drug Rehab
  • Adventure Therapy Program

Patients may utilize the services at Swift River for both the specific substance abuse disorder they are suffering from, as well as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other mental illnesses that they are experiencing as co-occurring disorders.

Swift River Therapies Provided

In addition to providing the patient access to a wide variety of outdoor activities, Swift River also ensures that each patient can gain access to therapists and other professional medical staff members that can assist them during their addiction recovery process. These therapies include both individual sessions and group therapy sessions, all provided by a licensed therapist.

Swift River Payment Options

Swift River is not very transparent when it comes to the amount they will bill a patient for undergoing one of the programs that they are able to offer the patient to ensure they can effectively recover from an addiction and start to live a sober life. They do, however, advise patients that they accept most of the major insurance providers and that the patient can contact their admissions office in order to verify their health insurance benefits and see if the provider they are insured with will cover the cost of a treatment plan provided by Swift River.
Self-pay options are also available for those patients who are not insured under a health care policy. These individuals will need to settle their bill for the treatment that needs to be provided before they are admitted to the facility. The company also states that they can refer the patient to an appropriate financing institute, who may be able to provide the patient with private financing to ensure they can undergo treatment to recover from their disorders, be it an addiction or a mental health problem.

Swift River Accreditations

Swift River has been licensed with appropriate state authorities to ensure they can legally provide patients with a wide range of treatment and recovery solutions. Additionally, the company has also been awarded a Gold Seal by the Joint Commission, which means a third-party organization has reviewed the services that the company had to offer and determined that they are able to provide their patients with high-quality programs that will promote healing.

Swift River Amenities

Numerous amenities are offered to patients who need to undergo a residential treatment program at Swift River. Patients who are admitted to an individualized inpatient program have access to several outdoor activities that they can participate in, such as hiking trails, mountain climbing, zip-lining, swimming, camping, fishing, and more. These are all structured in such ways to help the patient learn some essential survival skills, while also giving them an opportunity to socialize with their peers who are also part of the residential treatments that are offered at Swift River.

Swift River Staff

Swift River does not provide any information that shares details of the staff members at the facility. We reviewed their website and could not find details of the psychiatrists, support staff, counselors, or any of the members that make up the management or leadership teams at the company. While this may be an unpleasant fact for some patients who want to know who will be providing them with care and therapy during their stay at the facility, interested patients will be able to gain more information related to the Swift River staff members by contacting the facility directly.

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  • SlowStreamisBS
    I wasn’t going to post this but I got a bill for $3,200 for ONE blood draw and some labs (basic stuff) that were run while I was at Swift River. The average cost for labs is $1,500 for a complex array of tests. This is just one example of Addiction Campuses and Swift River taking advantage of alcoholics and addicts. Don’t send your friends or family here all they care about is your money. I’m happy to post this over and over from different accounts EVERY DAY.Negatives 1. I had been sober for close to a month before arriving so my insurance wouldn’t cover any treatment. Lauren Fields is a “treatment specialist” at Addiction Campuses. She suggested that I show up drunk so there was “medical necessity” for my insurance to cover it. 2. I refused to show up drunk so Lauren Fields said I would work with a “Insurance Specialist” at Swift River to get as much coverage as possible. That was a blatant lie and there are no “Insurance Specialists” at SwiftRiver, just people whose job it is to make sure you or your insurance gets billed. 3. Everyone pays a different amount. I paid $8,000 cash for 30 days of PHP without using my insurance. Other people paid as much as $15,000 out of pocket WITH insurance for the same treatment. 4. PHP housing is across the street from a liquor store. At any point anyone who is there can simply walk out of the hotel and go to the liquor store. There is also a bar in the hotel that serves alcohol. I know of at least 6 people that just walked into the bar or walked across the street and started drinking while I was there. There is little to no supervision. You can uber to a dispensary which is 15 minutes away if you want to get some weed. 5. The bag and person search were a joke. People were constantly using drugs and getting drugs delivered. In detox someone had a decent amount of crack cocaine they would put into their cigarettes to smoke. I saw people use IV heroin in Detox (ATS), Inpatient (CSS) and PHP. At PHP people are constantly smoking weed in the rooms. 6. There were beer cans by the dumpster on campus on multiple occasions. I could smell alcohol on a few of the staff while we were exercising in the mornings. 7. They forced my roommate to leave Detox when his insurance ran out. When we arrived at PHP (which has no medical staff on site) he was still going through active alcohol withdrawal. He didn’t sleep for almost 3 days and was close to having a seizure. He almost went to the liquor store out of fear but I talked him out of it. The Swift River staff did nothing when we approached them while he was shaking, drenched in sweat, pissing his pants and could barely walk. 8. They’re happy to get you on suboxone but don’t help you find a doctor to continue Suboxone when you leave. At least 4 people “graduated”, didn’t have access to suboxone, ended up relapsing on heroin and were back at Swift River within a week. 6 people left and came back while I was there for 30 days. 9. All they care about is your money. When insurance/funding runs out they literally kick you out with as little notice as a few hours. 10. Males and Females are not separated. Married people were having affairs and lots of people having sex in general. The staff new about it and did nothing. 11. I had been there for close to a week and none of the staff knew my name still. 12. Another patient threatened me with physical violence. When I brought it to the staff’s attention (bald Mike) they did nothing and told me to stop complaining. He actually witnessed it and did nothing. 13. The ropes instructor let me hang from the harness of the ropes course while he harassed me. I accidentally didn’t call out when I was going to jump because I was nervous. He berated me and it was humiliating. 14. The different group therapy sessions are a joke. The “instructors” whose highest level of education might be a GED just google some stuff to talk about 10 minutes before the groups. 15. While in PHP they shuttle you to and from campus in vans. The ride is about 45 minutes each way. There weren’t enough seats in the vans so not everyone had a seatbelt. When I refused to ride in the van without a seatbelt I was told to “shut up and get in the van”. When I brought this up to supervisors in a group meeting, I was told to stop complaining. 16. One of the staff driving the vans was pulled over for speeding while we were on our way back form Campus. HE DIDN’T EVEN HAVE A DRIVERS LICENSE ON HIM. The people that drive the vans are using their phones while driving constantly. 17. Some people get free Vivitrol injections while they are there. If the staff doesn’t like you or you complain you won’t get free Vivitrol injections. 18. HIPPA regulations are not followed. All the staff leave their screens open with patient’s photos, diagnoses and medical history open on their screen. I didn’t see one screen protector/darkener when I was there. 19. There is 1 Medical Doctor on site who refuses to see people in person. The only medical staff you’ll see are the RNs, NPs and PAs who graduated last in their class from a community college program. 20. The staff are non-professional, rude and almost none of them have a college education. The food is barely edible. If you want to get sober go somewhere else.Overall, I was in a better mindset before I arrived. I’ve been sober since February but Swift River did NOT help at all and actually made me want to drink and use more. The CEO doesn’t have any history in addiction treatment but you better bet he has an MBA.
151 South St
Cummington, Ma, 01026